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June Interviews

6/02 Terrie Moran, Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond

6/09 Connie Berry, The Art of Betrayal

6/16 Kathleen Kalb, A Final Finale or A Fatal First Night

6/23 Jackie Layton, Bag of Bones: A Low Country Dog Walker Mystery

6/30 Mary Keliikoa, Denied


Saturday WWK Bloggers

6/12 Jennifer J. Chow

6/26 Kait Carson


Guest Blogs

6/05 Samantha Downing

6/19 Lynn Johanson













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E. B. Davis's "The Pearl Necklace" will appear in the new SinC Guppy anthology The Fish That Got Away to be released in July by Wildside Press. The anthology was edited by Linda Rodriguez. It will be released on June 21st.


Paula Gail Benson's monologue "Beloved Husband," from the perspective of Norton Baskin the second husband of Marjorie Kinan Rawlings (who wrote The Yearling and Cross Creek), appears in the Red Penguin Collection's An Empty Stage (released March 28, 2021).


Martha Reed's "Death by GPS" will appear in the Spring 2021 issue of Suspense Magazine, which will be released in the second week of April. Congratulations, Martha!


Susan Van Kirk has a new audiobook, A Death at Tippitt Pond, that will be released this month. Marry in Haste will be released in May by Harlequin Worldwide Mystery, as will Death Takes No Bribes in September. Congratulations, Susan.


Congratulations to Martha Reed. Her short story, "The Honor Thief" was chosen for the 2021 Bouchercon Anthology, This Time For Sure. Hank Phillippi Ryan will edit the volume, which will be released in August at the time of the convention.


Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Killer Weeds," appears in the January 20 edition of Texas Gardener's Seeds: From Our Garden to Yours. Congratulations, Margaret, who, if you follow Facebook know, is a superb gardener herself!


Congratulations to Paula Gail Benson whose "Reputation or Soul" has been chosen for Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical anthology to be released this spring.


KM Rockwood's "Stay Safe--Very Safe" appears in this year's 2020 BOULD anthology. Congratulations, KM!


Annette Dashofy signed with agent Dawn Dowdle of the Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Congratulations, Annette!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Ready Player One byErnest Cline: A Review by Warren Bull

Ready Player One byErnest Cline: A Review by Warren Bull




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Wade Watts is a teenager in the dark and depressive future of 2045. He lives in a stack of no-longer mobile homes with his grandmother who spots his homemade computer and hocks it over his protests. Most people live lives of grinding poverty one step away from being forced into virtual slavery by a ruthless corporation. One bright spot in Wade’s existence is OASIS, a virtual reality game that allows millions of people to escape gritty reality. The 1980s-obsessed creator made the game open to all people but the Innovative Online Industries (IOI) corporation would do anything to take over the game and add it to their schemes to wring as much money as possible out of people who have very little. Within the game that are clues, called Easter Eggs, based on the 1980s that will allow one person to inherit the game and the boundless wealth that the inventor accumulated during his lifetime. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue he attracts the attention of IOI. The head of the corporation makes an offer that Wade refuses, only to discover that the competition is willing to kill him and everyone around him to keep him out of the race.  Wade will have to win to survive the contest. To do that he will have to face off against the forces that force the world into the depressing state it is in.
I’m old enough to remember the 80s, which added to my enjoyment. I remember some of the most obscure moves and television shows mentioned. The mystery is a very good mystery and the author plays fair with the readers.  There is a movie about the book coming out or maybe out already. I haven't seen it.
I think teenagers, their parents and their grandparents could enjoy this together. It held my attention through a long airplane flight and I am happy to recommend it,

4 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Warren, you're right. It looks like a great airplane read and I'd like to compare thoughts with my millennial kids.

KM Rockwood said...

Certainly an interesting premise for a book!

Shari Randall said...

Can't wait to see this and compare it to the book. Thanks for sharing, Warren!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, I'm putting that on my list to read. I'm old enough to remember the 80s, too.